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China once again positions itself as the country with the most EB-5 visas issued during 2023

The EB-5 Program has long been a cornerstone in investment and immigration to the U.S., attracting investors from around the world seeking business opportunities and permanent residency on American soil. But above all, it attracts Chinese investors, who lead the issuance of Green Cards through investment. We’ll share details with you.

In the universe of EB-5 visas, China reaffirmed its position as the global leader in 2023, maintaining its influence in the American investment program.

As the U.S. Department of State publishes its 2023 Visa Report, a notable increase in EB-5 visa issuance compared to previous years is revealed.

This increase reflects both the ongoing attraction of foreign investors to the United States and the growing geographical diversification in the distribution of these investment visas.

Asia: Epicenter of EB-5 Visas

Asia remains the undisputed epicenter of the investments that fuel the EB-5 program. In addition to China, other Asian countries such as Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan are gaining prominence in the EB-5 Program, with an increase in the number of investors seeking opportunities in the United States.

These trends indicate a gradual shift in the geographical distribution of Asian investors interested in the EB-5 Program, which could have significant implications for the program’s future and the overall U.S. economy.

Challenges in South America and Europe

South America, despite its position as the second region with the highest number of EB-5 visas issued outside of Asia, experienced a slight decrease compared to the previous year.

However, South American investors continue to show interest in the EB-5 Program as a way to diversify their portfolios and access business opportunities in the United States. In Europe, political and economic uncertainty may be hindering potential growth in EB-5 visa issuance.

Nevertheless, some European countries, such as the United Kingdom and Turkey, continue to show interest in the EB-5 Program, suggesting that the continent still has a role to play in the flow of investment to the United States.

The role of North America, Europe, and Oceania in EB-5 visas

North America, while making a modest contribution to the EB-5 visa landscape, remains an attractive destination for investors from certain European and Asian countries.

The economic and political stability of countries like Canada and Mexico may influence foreign investors’ decisions to seek opportunities in the region. In Europe, while growth in EB-5 visa issuance may be limited, countries like Germany and France could play an important role in the future of the EB-5 program, especially with the ongoing uncertainty in the United Kingdom due to Brexit.

On the other hand, Oceania, although having modest figures in terms of EB-5 visas issued, remains an attractive destination for certain Asian investors, especially in countries like Australia and New Zealand.

Impact of external factors on EB-5 visa issuance

Fluctuations in EB-5 visa issuance worldwide are influenced not only by internal factors in each country but also by external events and challenges.

For example, the decrease in the number of EB-5 visas issued in Russia can largely be attributed to the challenges and restrictions faced by Russian citizens in their applications, especially after the war with Ukraine.

This situation highlights how geopolitical events can have a direct impact on the participation of certain countries in the EB-5 program.

Outlook for the future of the EB-5 Program

Despite the challenges and fluctuations observed in the EB-5 visa landscape in 2023, the Pilot Program for Investors of the Regional Center I5 in a Specific Employment Area (TEA) remains an attractive option for investors worldwide.

With 8,181 endorsements, this program represents a significant portion of foreign investments entering the United States through the EB-5 program.

However, it is important for U.S. authorities and foreign investors to monitor changes in immigration policies and geopolitical events that could affect the dynamics of the EB-5 program in the future.

This monitoring will be crucial for a better understanding of long-term trends and to inform future decisions related to the EB-5 program and immigration policy in general.

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